it’s not every day that you compete for your FIFTH ms. olympia title...unless of course you’re the fab four-time-champ nicole wilkins. as a dear friend of our chief fitlosopher's, it seemed only fitting that we tell you more about this buff babe with some seriously brawny biceps. not only has she redefined the sport of figure competing, but she hosts fitness camps all over the world, has a line of fitness apparel, and shares her expansive knowledge via her online member program. ya know, all while training to keep her title as the winner of most titles in history. impressed? we are.
as the competition approaches and we root her on in her #drivefor5, it got us thinking about what it really takes to compete. in fact, she was the inspiration + expertise behind fitbook PREP, our specialized fitbook designed to take you to the next level to don a bikini + take the stage while being coached by this champ every step of the way. i mean, let’s face it, if there’s anyone who could successfully convince our chief to add calories to fitbook, it’s nicole. (have you seen her biceps? you would do it too.) our chief fitlosopher hung up her sparkly pink bikini long ago, but having competed a few times, she leapt at the opportunity to work with nicole to create this unique journal concept for those wanting to compete.
here are our 5 top tips if you are considering competing:
1 [you should already be in shape] don’t use competition prep to “get in shape”. the very essence of competing is pushing yourself to extremes, so a solid foundation of health and physical fitness is crucial. as nicole says, this should be the "fit" getting "fitter" - a serious goal, not to be taken lightly.
2 [give yourself 12 weeks] studies have shown that 12 weeks is an optimum amount of time to prep for competition - short enough to stay motivated, but long enough to see significant results as long as you’re really giving it your full dedication. this is exactly why we developed fitbook PREP in a 12-week format. in convos with nicole however, she did share the 12 weeks may not be enough - as with any goal, it depends on where you're starting and how far you have to go!
3 [daily weigh-ins] ok, so the scale is not necessarily always our friend, but when it comes to competition prep, it’s an indispensable tool for measuring progress. weighing yourself daily will help you dial in those macros and optimize your results. if the number on the scale is enough to send you into a tailspin, you might want to reconsider competing.
4 [surround yourself with support] some friends or family might not understand your decision to compete, but all you can do is explain how much this means to you and that you’d really appreciate their support. surrounding yourself with supportive and like-minded people will not only boost your spirit, it’ll push you to be the best you can possibly be.
5 [know that every body is different] competition prep is not one-size-fits-all. everyone responds differently to training and diet. to get a good head start, visit nicolewilkins.com and join her member program for access to recipes, meal plans, workout splits, training tips and the real deal on what it takes to compete. but take note: she can't/won't tell you what workouts to do or what to eat - because what works for her may not work for everyone else! take it with a grain of salt (just not if you're two weeks out). sorry, had to.
think you’ve got what it takes? first thing’s first, get your very own fitbook PREP to start keeping track of all those workouts and macros. wanna win a copy signed by nicole wilkins herself?? comment below with your
1. WHEN your competition is - commitment is half the battle.
2. WHY you're competing - it'll drive you on days you wanna give up.
[1 entry per person on the blog, but bonus points for liking/commenting/sharing on facebook + instagram as well! i mean, this is kinda awesome to win so it's worth it. tag @fitbook + @nicolemwilkins! winner announced on the blog on monday, 09.19.16.]
so join us in wishing nicole luck in her #drivefor5 tomorrow.
you’ve got this, girl!
(aka your fitlosophy girls - all 5 of us)